ODFW and the Coquille Indian Tribe recently adopted a cooperative partnership to collaborate, share resources and develop and carry out plans to protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitat within a five-county area of southwest Oregon. This area covers Coos, Curry, Jackson, Douglas, and Lane counties (including the associated nearshore marine areas) – the Tribe’s “service area” as defined by the federal government.
In June 2022, following the opportunity for public comment, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (Commission) adopted a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that made the partnership possible. The MOA outlines that tribal hunting, fishing, and shellfishing regulations would be discussed in further detail by the Tribe and ODFW staff then adopted by the Coquille Tribal Council. As outlined in the MOA, with concurrence by ODFW Director, the Coquille Indian Tribe is now authorized to issue licenses and permits for the 2022-23 hunting and trapping seasons.